Jean Sebastien Giguere will channel his inner Yeti whenever the Colorado Avalanche wear their third jerseys this season.
Giguere debuted the new Yeti-themed CCM mask at the Reebok CCM Goalie Summit in Montreal, and shared some of the thought process that went into designing it with InGoal Magazine.
Painted by artist Sylvie Poitras of Airbrush Zap, who also did Martin Brodeur’s new mask featuring his bulldogs, Stanley and Vezina, Giguere has gone back to the concept of truly putting on another face with his new mask, with the Yeti’s ferocious jawline where his own would be, and long white hair flowing back over ears painted over his own.
“I am the Yeti,” Giguere said. “It’s a new design, a new look, and a new painter to go with our third jerseys, so I will wear it in practice and with the third jersey. It’s a good look, very simple and I like it. It was my wife’s idea.”
Unfortunately Giguere forgot to include his wife, Kristen, on a backplate that features his own nickname below the initials of his three sons, Maxime-Olivier, Luka-Claude and Felix Jack Austin, who was born in the summer of 2013.
“Yeah, I probably should have put my wife on there,” Giguere said with a laugh.
Giguere was also smiling about the offseason moves to bring in his boyhood idol, Patrick Roy, as Colorado’s new head coach, and his subsequent hiring of their mutual long-time goalie coach, Francois Allaire. Look for more of Giguere’s thoughts on both hirings, and the specific impact Allaire can have on playing partner Semyon Varlamov, who was recently in Montreal for two weeks to work with them on the ice – as well as more insights into the new Lefevre-designed CCM mask Giguere, Jonathan Bernier, Corey Crawford and Marc-Andre Fleury were all wearing at the Reebok CCM Goalie Summit this week – in future articles here at InGoal.
Also, don’t forget to check out more great artwork from Poitras on her website at airbrushzap.com. In the meantime, enjoy the images of her new mask for Giguere (all rights reserved):